)LLEGE jinia oweet tSnar is Urowing Published bv the College in February, April, July, September, November (2 issues) Vol. 44, No. 1 February, 1961 < NEW OPPORTUNITIES AT SWEET BRIAR SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE DORMITORY - DINING HALL CLARK, NEXSEN, 8 OWEN -ARCHITECTS NEW DORMITORY AND DINING HALL Sweet Briar is growing. For the sec- ond time in eight years, Sweet Briar's en- rollment will show a marked increase, with the expected completion of a new dormitory and dining hall in September, 1962. Construction of this new build- ing is to begin shortly and when it is fully occupied the enrollment will reach 650, an increase of 100 over the current figure and 200 over that of 1954. MARY REYNOLDS BABCOCK FINE ARTS CENTER Added impetus will be given to teach- ing and learning in music, art, drama, and writing when Sweet Briar's largest building — an auditorium and fine arts center — opens in September, 1961. Frequent cooperative productions, drawing on all the creative arts, are visualized as a practical reality in the new center, which will give ample and well-equipped accommodations to the music and art departments — each with studios, classrooms, and libraries; to the writers' workshop; and to the drama de- partment, which will have a wealth of facilities for all phases of theatre pro- duction The entire community is anticipating the potential advantages of having an excellent auditorium and lec- ture hall, with stage facilities for the presentation and production of student and professional drama, dance recitals, and a variety of musical events. ASIAN STUDIES PROGRAM New Oriental horizons are opening for Sweet Briar students, through the inauguration in Sep- tember, 1960, of a program of studies concerned with the countries and peoples of Asia. Student eagerness to learn about these im- portant areas and civilizations led to the estab- lishment of this program. It began with a credit course in Asian Studies, focused on India and Pakistan, being taught throughout this year by Professor Leslie Harris. Supplementing this course in the second se- mester is a series of weekly lectures on Burma, open to all students, by Daw Mya Sein, distin- guished Burmese professor of history and polit- ical science and a delegate to the 1960 United Nations General Assembly. She comes to Sweet Briar under a Whitney Foundation grant. Sweet Briar's Asian Studies program is a cooperative venture with two colleges in Lynch- burg, Virginia — Lynchburg College and Ran- dolph-Macon Woman's College — financed for three years by a grant from the Ford Foundation. Japan, China, and other Asian nations will be focal points for the program in ensuing years. TO HEADS of SCHOOLS and GUIDANCE COUNSELORS: We would like to call your attention, and that of prospective students, to new buildings and facilities which will soon make possible an increase of approximately 100 in student enrollment at Sweet Briar College. This means that each year for the next three years we shall plan to accept about 35 more new students, both freshmen and transfers with advanced standing. This may assist, in a small way, in meeting the mounting pressures for admission to college. Outstanding among Sweet Briar's new curriculum offerings is the Asian Studies program, to which we would also call your attention at this time.